Does Elisp allow the equivalent of an alias for a function name?

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Yes. You can have any number of aliases for the same function.

To do that, use defalias (or fset, but defalias is generally recommended).

Example: define mop as an alias for means-of-production.

(defalias 'mop 'means-of-production)

C-h f defalias says:

defalias is a built-in function in C source code.


Set SYMBOL's function definition to DEFINITION.

Associates the function with the current load file, if any.

The optional third argument DOCSTRING specifies the documentation string for SYMBOL; if it is omitted or nil, SYMBOL uses the documentation string determined by DEFINITION.

Internally, this normally uses fset, but if SYMBOL has a defalias-fset-function property, the associated value is used instead.

The return value is undefined.

See also the Elisp manual, node Defining Functions.

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